1 In 3 College-Bound High School Graduates Don't Make It There | Texas Public Radio

1 In 3 College-Bound High School Graduates Don't Make It There

Jul 25, 2018

As many as one-third of high-school graduates apply to college, are accepted and plan to enroll, but don't end up in class or enrolled in a post-secondary education program.

This so called "summer melt" phenomenon is attributed to various challenges and a lack of continued support, and is more common for students from lower-economic households and those who are the first in their family to attend college.

What's being done to bridge the lack of support for students transitioning from high school to college?

How can we keep at-risk students from "melting" away from college plans during the summer?


  • Steven Hussain, chief mission services officer for Goodwill San Antonio
  • Dr. Adriana Contreras, executive director for the San Antonio Education Partnership
  • Jenna Kramer, Ph.D. candidate of Higher Education Leadership and Policy at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College and National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow

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*Audio from this interview will be available by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26